Body Image

What Health Education Taught Me

I was nearing the end of 7th grade when it happened for the first time. I was getting ready for school and glanced at my reflection in the mirror. Something seemed different, so I paused to take a better look. I look fat, I thought to myself.    

Something miraculous occurred that day, because my next thought was, No, I'm not fat, this is body dysmorphia. If I felt and looked normal yesterday, there is no way I could suddenly be fat today. I have my 6th grade Health class to thank for that moment.   

Things not to say to people who’ve become healthy/fit

Since my senior year of high school I’ve tried my best to incorporate healthy choices into my lifestyle.  For the most part I’ve been pretty successful in implementing these practices as a permanent part of my daily routine.  As a result, I’ve lost a fair amount of weight and everyone, ESPECIALLY mothers, tells me about it.